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Reconstructing the Vale of Paradise: A Return to the City Beautiful Movement

  • Bloom, Alan
  • Old, James Paul
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
South Shore Journal
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Since the election of Jon Costas as mayor of Valparaiso, Indiana in November 2003, his administration has embarked on an urban renewal program that fits—for better and for worse—squarely in the tradition of the City Beautiful movement of the early twentieth century. Like earlier proponents of the City Beautiful movement, the Costas administration has implemented urban renewal policies that have emphasized commercial development, beautification, civic culture, efficiency, and health and fitness. The administration’s plans include some initial successes, particularly its efforts to use civic institutions to revitalize rundown sections of the city; however, the city’s policies also share some of the drawbacks of the City Beautiful movement, by emphasizing the benefits of upscale commercial development while overlooking the housing needs of lower-middle class and poor residents of the community.

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